The eighth round of Future London Leaders began in September 2014. Profiles of the 16 candidates are below.
Future London Leaders Round Eight
“After a decade in the film industry, I swapped film sets for housing estates, working in housing and community development roles with housing associations Richmond Housing Partnership and Thames Valley Housing before moving to Poplar HARCA in East London. As Head of Creativity and Innovation, I lead on non-physical regeneration, shaping the placemaking agenda in Poplar within and as part of Poplar HARCA’s £1.7bn regeneration programme.”
“I work in the Estate Regeneration team at Hackney council. I oversee design across this council-led development programme – ensuring that we build housing, public spaces and streets that last a long time, make successful places and are a pleasure to live in. I strongly believe in the potential of the public sector to tackle the housing crisis creatively and build well-designed affordable homes for London. I hope that the Future London Leaders programme will help me to develop my ideas with others in a similar field.”
“My work in regeneration involves existing development sites and new business. Currently, I am the strategic lead at Grahame Park (Barnet), one of the largest regeneration sites in the UK which poses many challenges and opportunities. I manage the delivery of the social and economic strategy and work with my team to influence and commission innovative projects to promote the development of a vibrant sustainable community. I look forward to learning from other candidates and improving my leadership capabilities through this exciting programme.”
View Polly’s LinkedIn profile.
“My work at LB Croydon involves dealing with major strategic planning applications, the majority of which have been in the Metropolitan Centre, including major retail development and residential and commercial high-rise. The role also involves managing a section of the team, which in itself can be challenging. I’m hoping that the Future London Leaders programme will broaden my knowledge of ‘how things are done’ across London in a variety of sectors, and of how I can refine my leadership, management and communication skills.”
“In my role at Lewisham council, I lead on housing-led regeneration schemes and on developing Lewisham’s emerging new-build programme. My experience of working in housing delivery over the last 10 years has given me solid experience in regeneration and a passion to see high-quality housing built. I am looking forward to fully engaging in all that the FLL programme has to offer; training and learning about this sector at a senior level while developing my leadership skills and meeting new people.”
View Rachel’s LinkedIn profile
“A key area of my work has been engaging communities in the development of planning policies, including for areas of regeneration and growth. I am also involved in developing a range of spatial and strategic policies and have been responsible for identifying major development sites. I think the Future London Leaders programme will be a really useful experience to learn more widely about the role of the public sector in bringing about regeneration, broadening my knowledge of other areas of policy (beyond planning) and learning from other professionals from different disciplines.”
“As a Regeneration Officer for Barking & Dagenham council, I am fortunate to work on a diverse range of economic and housing regeneration projects. I enjoy the variety and challenges of this role in one of London’s major growth boroughs, with a remit that includes estate and town centre renewal projects, as well as event management and inward investment schemes. Prior to this, I worked in the borough’s London 2012 delivery team. I am also a graduate of the National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (NGDP Cohort 13). Future London Leaders will help me develop the leadership skills learnt through the NGDP within a more regeneration-focussed environment. As such, I am looking forward to learning from and working with colleagues from a variety of regeneration-related backgrounds.”
View Alexander’s LinkedIn profile
“I have worked as a Development Officer in the Affordable Housing Team at Tower Hamlets council for six years. My main role is to review the quality and quantum of affordable housing in new planning applications. I work in partnership with our planners to ensure that the best deal is achieved for the council; this involves negotiations with private developers and affordable housing providers. I am keen to progress into a more senior role and believe the Future London Leaders programme will provide me with some of the tools required in such a role. I look forward to meeting and learning from fellow professionals.”
“I have nearly 12 years’ Development Management experience, having worked for local authorities in Bristol and two London boroughs. I am currently a Team Leader in the Strategic Applications Team at Southwark council, working on large-scale regeneration projects, and I particularly enjoy working on residential schemes. I hope that the FLL programme will help me to gain confidence in negotiating on large-scale projects and improve my ability to positively influence outcomes. I am interested to learn about the work of other people involved in the development process.”
“I graduated with a BSc. in Government from LSE in 2011. I was accepted on to the National Graduate Development Programme that summer and placed with Enfield Council as a National Management Trainee. In this position I undertook placements in a number of Council departments, over the course of two years, before being offered my current position, Area Partnership and Regeneration Manager. My role is focused primarily on tying social regeneration to ongoing physical regeneration work, with social regeneration primarily covering community cohesion, community safety, education, employment and public health. I am hoping to further the leadership and management work I completed as part of the National Graduate Development Programme, building real world examples on to the foundation of theory provided by my ILM Certificate in Strategic Leadership.”
View Simon’s LinkedIn profile
“I have worked in development management at Lambeth for eight years, progressing from Trainee Planner to Principal Planner. Within this period I also undertook and gained my Masters degree. I have worked on a large number of varying applications across the borough and gained a vast amount of experience. Through the Future London Leaders programme, I hope to develop my skills and confidence as a leader.”
“As a Chartered Town Planner working in Development Management at Haringey, I deal with a range of planning applications with a focus on regeneration projects around the Tottenham Hale Opportunity Area. I am also part of a team working on service improvement to create a more efficient and robust Development Management Service. This will be my first formal leadership training, so I hope to learn how to lead and manage people in the modern digital working environment, and to improve my ability to lead change. I am also looking forward to understanding how to deliver regeneration and learn from best practice.”
View Robbie’s LinkedIn profile
“My background is in environmental management and urban planning. I have a strong interest in improving the environmental performance of cities to cope with the mounting pressures we place on them. I came to London from Portland, Oregon – which often tops lists for liveability and sustainability – where I worked in the planning department and moved into economic regeneration at the Portland Development Commission. For LB Ealing, I’ve delivered projects in sustainable transport, energy efficiency and water conservation. I also second as a technical advisor at Local Partnerships, helping UK public bodies improve energy efficiency in their portfolios. My aspiration for FLL is to obtain the tools to demonstrate how sustainability must be at the forefront of government decisions; I also want to scale up Ealing’s attitude to sustainability so that it is anchored to council decision-making processes.”
“I have worked as a project manager in Home Group’s South Eastern Development Team for nearly three years. I am responsible for acquiring sites for housing development and for managing their delivery. My previous experience is primarily in housing, both in Asset and Housing Management. Home Group operates in a number of regions and London is, understandably, a key focus of growth for us. I am looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme for the opportunity to meet other people involved with delivering housing in London, while also developing my skills in the areas the programme focuses on.”
“I have worked for four years at Sanctuary, starting as a Graduate Trainee, undertaking a series of placements across the organisation, and progressing to Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, which involves managing and delivering a neighbourhood action plan in Hackney to make sure Sanctuary is a key contributor of positive change in the area. I am really looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to develop my leadership and management skills, learn more about current challenges and innovations in the housing sector and meet people from across the Future of London network.”
“I have over seven years’ Development Management experience, working in local authorities in Ireland and England. I have been at Harrow council for over 5 years and have worked as a planning officer, a senior planning officer and most recently a deputy team leader. I have dealt with a wide variety of applications and appeals, each with varying degrees of complexity. These applications range from Lawful Development Certificates and householder applications to major mixed-use developments and large-scale EIA development applications. I am very much looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to acquire new skills, gain confidence in management and learn from others in the industry.”
To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.